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ksh; trap math errors

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How do you protect math operations like

(( result = num1 * num2 + num3 / num4 ))

from killing the program.   I can check all the variables for null values, numbers
only and zero, when important, but is there a way to skip all the checking and just trap it?

I can check for an legit result value later.

Thanks

ksh
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by:bastibartel
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Hi hank1,
try
{
    double nom = 1.0;
    double den = 0.0;
    double res = nom/den;
}
catch (...)
{
    fprintf(stderr;"Some unknow exception occured\n");
}

Cheers!
Sebastian
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by:ahoffmann
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> but is there a way to skip all the checking and just trap it?
don't use a shell for math calculations, ther tons of better tools for that
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by:hank1
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try catch?.. in ksh?
Ok, I'd rather use perl for this stuff but this is a ksh script and that's that.  :-)
I sensing that this is a check all the vars thing.
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by:hank1
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I came up with

result=`echo "expression" | bc`

then check the result.  Divide by zero contains the string 'divide'.  Lame,
but beats the lines and lines of checking.

 I'll delete the question.
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by:bastibartel
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:-)  sry - didn't see the reference to ksh.
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